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Bachelor of Economics (Honours)

As a high-achieving student, you can complete a one-year advanced undergraduate degree in economics or econometrics.

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Why choose this honours program?

  • Optional fourth year of study to gain advanced knowledge and research skills in economics
  • A highly reputable program valued by industry for its research quality
  • Develop deeper insight into underlying paradigms, advanced theory and research processes
  • Can act as a springboard into further study and research

Who is this degree for?

  • You want to expand and deepen your economics knowledge and skills
  • You wish to strengthen your research and analytical skills
  • You are an ambitious student seeking an Honours qualification

Job and career prospects

Your research skills are highly valued in both public and private sectors, especially as:

  • Business analyst
  • Economic forecaster
  • Graduate economist
  • Management consultant
  • Policy advisor
  • Statistical analyst
  • Wealth management analyst

The Bachelor of Economics (Honours) program (48 UOC) comprises a coursework and thesis component.

The coursework component introduces you to higher level theoretical and research skills, and courses cover areas such as advanced level theory, key issues in the field, research developments in specific areas, plus research techniques and analysis.

The thesis component gives you the chance to apply these analytical and research skills to independent research, under the direction of an academic supervisor.

The Bachelor of Economics (Honours) program is available in the following disciplines:

The Honours program with the School of Economics is open to students who have demonstrated strong performance in the three-year pass program in Economics, or equivalent program with an overall Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 70 and a discipline/major WAM of at least 70. 

To be eligible for entry students must have completed the equivalent of Microeconomics 2, Macroeconomics 2 and an econometric course requirement that depends on the specialisation, i.e., Applied Econometric Methods for the Economics specialisation and Econometric Theory and Methods for the Econometrics specialisation. Entry to the program is competitive and offers will be made based on academic merit and availability of supervisors. 

Pass graduates from other universities may also participate in the Honours program.

Before submitting an application it is recommended that you make contact with the Economics Honours Co-Ordinator.

For further information refer to the School of Economics Honours page.

Applications to commence Honours in Semester One open in the middle of November and close on the 10th December. Mid-year entry is typically not recommended, but may be allowed in exceptional cases.

You need to have demonstrated a strong performance in a three-year pass program in Economics, or equivalent program with an overall Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 70 (Australian scaled) and a discipline/major WAM of at least 70.

All honours applicants, both domestic and international, apply for the disciplinary honours program via www.apply.unsw.edu.au.

Documentation required:

  • A cover letter highlighting your academic background and other strengths
  • A copy of your CV (with at least one academic referee)
  • An academic transcript from the relevant tertiary institution
  • A statement of research interest/proposal not exceeding 1,000 words
  • Other relevant supporting documents (e.g. awards, research papers), if any.

Before submitting an application it is recommended that you make contact with the Economics Honours Co-Ordinator.

For futher information refer to the School of Economics Honours page.

Make the most of every day on campus, with UNSW Australia Business School’s dynamic learning spaces, diverse social events and extensive student support.

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As an undergraduate, you have plenty of opportunities to meet new people and make friends. Join a student club, such as Arc (the UNSW student society), AIESEC, the Marketing Club, and many other interest groups. With over 180 social, cultural, sports and professional clubs there’s bound to be at least one that’s perfect for you! Find out more

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Exercise boosts your mental wellbeing and can help you deal with exam or assignment pressures. It’s easy to stay fit with state of the art sporting facilities on campus, including a 50m indoor pool, fitness centre, squash courts and a range of competitive sports teams.

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The UNSW Kensington campus is like a village hub, with cafes, bars, banks, a post office, medical and dental centres, and retail outlets. It’s a short bus trip to Sydney’s CBD, many beautiful beaches, the SCG and Centennial Park, and movie theatres at Fox Studios.

Make the most of every opportunity

Your undergraduate degree is a once in a lifetime experience, and the friends you make at the Business School could be friends for life. So get involved – as well as student clubs and social activities there are internships, volunteer projects, competitions and international exchanges on offer. It’s a great way to develop and practise your new business skills.

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Quick facts for students

Program code
4502
Award
Honours
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48
Study Mode
Face to face
Duration
1 year full-time
Commencing semesters
Semester 1 - March
HECS fee band
Band 3

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